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Oilers goaltending prospect Tyler Bunz (20) has been named WHL Goaltender of the Year. In his final Junior season, Bunz was tremendous all year for the Medicine Hat Tigers playing in 61 games with a record of 39-17-5 while putting up a 2.57 GAA and .921 SV%. Many will remember that he was also the last goalie cut from this past year's World Junior team for Canada.
Bunz has been steadily raising his profile as a prospect over the last two seasons. Here at Copper and Blue, in our Summer 2011 version of the Top 25 Under 25, he was a highly-noted omission from the list, before rising all the way to number 18 on our most recent listing. His performance this season is likely to continue his rise through the ranks among Oiler prospects.
With Bunz turning pro next season, and Olivier Roy moving up to the Barons after his impressive season in with the Stockton Thunder, Bunz is likely headed for a season as the starting netminder for the Thunder in the ECHL in 2012/13.